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Blood and blood components

Published on 30 January 2019

Our blood ordering schedules are designed to provide guidance primarily for pre-planned surgical procedures.

They have been prepared in order to allow the most efficient use of blood stocks and laboratory facilities.

Red cells

  • Stored at: +2 to +6 degrees Celsius
  • Volume (range): Volume 220 to 340ml for red cells in additive solution, leucodepleted
  • ABO and D compatible

Indications for red cells

  • Patient blood management statements, including single unit, triggers, targets.

Special requirements

Some patients require special blood – this could be related to the patient’s characteristics or the underlying disease for which they are being treated. In an emergency, these special requirements are still important.

However, in a life-threatening situation giving emergency blood to save the patient’s life is the priority.

  • Phenotyped (antigen-specific)
  • Irradiated
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV) negative
  • Washed
  • Immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficient

 Special components 

  • Neonatal red cells
  • Red cells for neonatal exchange transfusion

Find out more about the red cell components that we manufacture.

Platelets

  • Stored at: +20 to +24 degrees Celsius
  • Volume (range): 160 to 380ml for platelets pooled, leucocyte depleted or platelets pooled, in additive and plasma, leucocyte depleted
  • ABO and D compatible

Indications for platelets

  • Patient blood management statements, including single unit, triggers and targets.

Special requirements

  • Apheresis
  • Irradiated
  • High titre (HT) negative
  • (CMV) negative
  • Washed
  • HLA matched

Find out more about our HLA and HPA matched platelet tests.

Special components

  • Neonatal platelets
  • IgA deficient

Fresh frozen plasma (FFP)

  • Stored at: -25 degrees Celsius
  • Volume (range): 200 to 340ml FFP or filtered FFP
  • ABO compatible

Find out more fresh frozen plasma components that we manufacture.

Cryoprecipitate

  • Stored at: -25 degrees Celsius
  • Volume (range): 100 to 250ml for cryoprecipitate pooled, leucocyte depleted and 200 to 340ml for cryoprecipitate depleted plasma, leucocyte depleted
  • ABO compatible

Indications for frozen components

  • Patient blood management statements – coagn screen abnormal.

Special requirements

  • HT negative
  • Pathogen inactivated
  • Solvent-detergent (SD) treated: Octaplas
  • Methylene Blue (MB) treated: MB FFP

Special components

  • Pre-thawed FFP

Find out more about cryoprecipitate components that we manufacture.

Find out more about National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines for blood transfusion.

Find out more about blood components.